WHAT DOES THE CHOIR DO?
REGULAR CATHEDRAL DUTIES:
The Cathedral Voluntary Choir normally sings 6-8 full weekends per year, (i.e. Saturday Evensong plus all the three choral services (Mattins, Eucharist and Evensong) on the Sundays), usually during holiday periods, plus occasional Saturdays and the annual Ordination services.
The Cathedral Special Choir was in residence for the Memorial Service for Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother on Low Sunday 2002.
It has also occasionally been on duty for the annual Civic Service and “Mayor-Making” and for the Royal Engineers’ annual Memorial Service, and it is sometimes booked by other organisations which hold their carol services in the Cathedral.
For the Palm Sunday morning procession, and the Christmas Eve Midnight Mass, the two Cathedral Choirs sing together.
We were the duty Cathedral Choir for the last two Diocesan Advanced Choirs Festivals, conducted by Ralph Allwood and Barry Rose.
We hosted the Festival of the Association of Cathedral Voluntary Choirs here in Rochester in October 2004 to coincide with the 1400th anniversary celebrations of the founding of Rochester Cathedral in AD604, and will do so again in October 2019.
On the first weekend of August 2014 we were joined by our Aachen-area friends, and members of the choir of the Marienkirche in Rostock, to remember the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War 1, and to celebrate and give thanks for the friendships we now have in Germany.